NHL Vezina Trophy Betting Odds: Hellebuyck, Demko Lead the Pack

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jan 25, 2024

Canadian teams are well represented in the Vezina Trophy race this season as Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck and Vancouver's Thatcher Demko are the favourites to be named top NHL goaltender.

We’re at the midway point of the season and the candidates for all the major awards are becoming clearer. Right now I’m taking a look at the top candidates in the Vezina Trophy race, as well as some dark horse picks.

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Connor Hellebuyck

Games PlayedGames StartedWin-Loss-OT LossGoals Against AverageSave PercentageShutouts
343423-8-12.17.9252

*Stats as of January 24

This time last year it looked like Connor Hellebuyck and the Winnipeg Jets were headed for a breakup. Instead, the two sides shocked the NHL when Hellebuyck signed an eight-year contract extension just before the season. Since then, Hellebuyck and the Jets have dominated. Hellebuyck’s 20.5 goals saved above expected ranks first in the NHL among goalies who have played at least five games and he has the second-best GAA and third-best SV among goalies who have played at least 15 games. He’s allowed more than two goals in a game just once in his last 11 starts and he’s a key reason why Winnipeg sits first in the Central Division standings.

Thatcher Demko

Games PlayedGames StartedWin-Loss-OT LossGoals Against AverageSave PercentageShutouts
343425-8-12.40.9225

*Stats as of January 24

You can make cases for J.T. Miller, Elias Pettersson, or Quinn Hughes as the player most responsible for Vancouver’s position at the top of the NHL standings, but I’ll argue for Thatcher Demko all day. Demko’s 16.4 goals saved above expected ranks second behind Helebuyck, he has an elite .925 SV at five-on-five and his .862 high-danger SV ranks in the top-10 among goalies who have played at least 10 games. Essentially, the translation of those stats says Demko is single-handedly stealing games for the Canucks.

Jeremy Swayman

Games PlayedGames StartedWin-Loss-OT LossGoals Against AverageSave PercentageShutouts
262515-3-72.31.9233

*Stats as of January 24

The Bruins could have back-to-back Vezina winners this season, but instead of Linus Ullmark repeating, it’s Jeremy Swayman who has the edge. Swayman ranks 10th in the NHL at 12.5 goals saved above expected and his .925 SV at five-on-five is top-five. He’s also posting an .872 high-danger SV at five-on-five, which is an excellent number. Boston tends to split the starts evenly in net, so Swayman might need a little more playing time to solidify his Vezina chances.

Dark horse candidates

Igor Shesterkin

Games PlayedGames StartedWin-Loss-OT LossGoals Against AverageSave PercentageShutouts
313119-11-12.82.9010

*Stats as of January 24

Igor Shesterkin has taken a bit of a step back this season and veteran backup Jonathan Quick has put up better statistics, albeit in less games. Still, Shesterkin is a perrennial Vezina contender and he’s won nine of his last 14 games. The Rangers are one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, so Shesterkin might be a nice value play if he can get back to form in the second half of the season.

Sergei Bobrovsky

Games PlayedGames StartedWin-Loss-OT LossGoals Against AverageSave PercentageShutouts
343421-10-22.55.9082

*Stats as of January 24

Sergei Bobrovsky has really come back to his former Vezina-winning form since Florida’s run to the Stanley Cup Final last year. He has the fifth-most wins in the NHL and he has ranked roughly around the top-10 in GAA and SV all season.

Adin Hill

Games PlayedGames StartedWin-Loss-OT LossGoals Against AverageSave PercentageShutouts
161611-2-21.93.9352

*Stats as of January 24

Adin Hill is currently leading the NHL in both GAA and SV and he’s coming off a 40-save performance on Tuesday in his return from a lower-body injury. The only knock against him is the 22 games he missed because of that injury.

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